COMSKIL communication training in oncology—adaptation to German cancer care settings

Tim J. Hartung, David Kissane, Anja Mehnert

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Medical communication is a skill which can be learned and taught and which can substantially improve treatment outcomes, especially if patients’ communication preferences are taken into account. Here, we give an overview of communication training research and outline the COMSKIL program as a state-of-the-art communication skills training in oncology. COMSKIL has a solid theoretical foundation and teaches core elements of medical communication in up to ten fully operationalized modules. These address typical situations ranging from breaking bad news to responding to difficult emotions, shared decision-making, and communicating via interpreters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsycho-Oncology
EditorsUte Goerling, Anja Mehnert
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319643106
ISBN (Print)9783319643090
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameRecent Results in Cancer Research
ISSN (Print)0080-0015
ISSN (Electronic)2197-6767


  • Communication
  • Continuing medical education
  • Medical psychology
  • Neoplasms
  • Physician-patient relations

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